25th April, stockie bashing!!

To say it was a red letter day might be a bit of an understatement..

I managed to stay in the house until about 12.15 or so before setting off today. I think the official description of the weather would be drizzle…turning to a heave drizzle.. this dried up somewhat as I got to the river but was still overcast and noticeably cooler than the preceding few days

I arrived at the river today at around 12.45……..

After about 10 minutes in the first pool without so  much as a knock, towards the end of this pool the fun started…, I hooked 4 stock fish in 25 minutes all falling to the GRHE with red collar, the first of these putting up a brilliant fight before coming to the net after a good couple of minutes tussle…next run and a rarity for the day a nice wild fish.. something like 6” but falling to the same fly

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the next pool was slower though and this is where the stock fish were sitting it seemed took another couple of fish in the 14-15” range, both of these falling to a Greenwell’s  spider.

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Next to hand was a beautifully finned grayling about 8”

Last pool I fished today there were bumper takings to be had between 14.25 and 15.20 I landed 9 stock fish on a mix of red collared GRHE and Greenwell’s spider, almost a pull a cast and by 15.20 I had enough, it was like shooting fish in a barrel. To the point of a couple of double hook ups

I would assume that the stocking of the river had taken place in the days preceding my visit as once you found the fish they seemed easy to catch.. unless I have become an expert fly fisherman over the last 10 days or so , which I haven’t  . More likely they were still shoaling and hadn’t gone their separate ways just yet

I have deliberately not mentioned locations fished on this report as I don’t want this entry to be a source for any unscrupulous poachers who might take advantage of recent river stockings.

I ended up with 17  fish in just under 2 and a half hours

Anywhoo needless to say I will be back on the river this coming Saturday although less incognito as I suspect the stockies will have found a more reclusive location by them!

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